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Red Sox Demise Not from Farm Team

By at September 30, 2011 | 10:45 am |

Red Sox Demise Not from Farm Team

In the perennial blame game that local baseball fans play when their favorite teams go into the kind of slumps that the Red Sox have recently experienced, I heard one recent theory from an erstwhile expert that the team’s “player development machine is broken.” That the Red Sox haven’t developed enough reserve talent at the highest levels of their minor league more...

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Pigskin Predictions

By at September 30, 2011 | 10:30 am |

Pigskin Predictions

I am 29-15 with my picks after week 3. Week 4 holds some really difficult match-ups. The New York Giants are a 4 p.m. start at Arizona. I haven’t been right about the Giants all year. I’ve never been able to figure them out. I’m taking Arizona because it is a long road trip. I would not be surprised, however, to see the Giants win. Arizona 28, New York more...

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Garcia “Confident” in Season Opener

By at September 23, 2011 | 12:00 pm |

Garcia “Confident” in Season Opener

After 15 rollercoaster years of covering New Britain High football, you don’t just walk away without caring. The sounds of “Bingo,” as interpreted by the Golden Hurricanes Marching Band, begin to resonate in my mind as soon as the humid days of August melt away and the harvest moon lights up the night. There are vivid memories of Len Corto’s last two teams more...

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ECHO Keeps New Britain Football Legacy

By at September 23, 2011 | 11:45 am |

ECHO Keeps New Britain Football Legacy

The phenomenon of New Britain High School football uniting the community is steeped in rich history, memories and story-telling, but its continuity was becoming endangered as the city changed. The factories at the center of a blue-collar culture that established New Britain as Hardware City to the World closed down. The diverse ethnic mix has changed. The pace of more...

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Pigskin Predictions

By at September 23, 2011 | 11:15 am |

Pigskin Predictions

I was 9-5 last week putting my total so far this year at 18-9. Not too bad. Let’s see what week 3 looks like. The New York Giants travel to Philadelphia at 1 p.m. to see a very good Eagles team. This game depends on if Michael Vick plays. Vick suffered a concussion last week. I’m picking the Eagles, but that is contingent on Vick playing. Keep an eye out on more...

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NBHS FOOTBALL LOCATION CHANGED

By at September 22, 2011 | 7:09 pm |

NBHS FOOTBALL LOCATION CHANGED

The Game with Southington FRIDAY NIGHT will be played AT SOUTHINGTON HIGH FIELD NOT RENTSCHLER FIELD BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER FORECAST OF 1+ inches of rain!! The Game will be Friday same time 7:00pm @ Southington High School. Tickets purchased @ New Britain High School for the Rentschler field game can be fully refunded at New Britain High Schools main more...

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Pigskin Predictions

By at September 16, 2011 | 12:00 pm |

Pigskin Predictions

I was 9-4 with my picks last week which is pretty good for week 1. Let’s take a look at what week 2 looks like. The New York Jets play Jacksonville at home Sunday at 1 p.m. It’s hard not to like the Jets after last weeks win. Mark Sanchez really proved himself. I think the Jets will take this game, but it will be closer than the oddsmakers predict. Predicted more...

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Football History from 1938 Saved

By at September 16, 2011 | 11:45 am |

Football History from 1938 Saved

While delving into the passion that sets New Britain High football apart, I came upon an interesting story a few years back. I was working out at Unionville’s Valley Fitness Center with an old friend Kevin Roche when he told me that he had a piece of NBHS nostalgia at his Farmington home and would like to get it in the right hands. He presented me with a more...

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Tebucky Personifies A New Britain Rebirth

By at September 16, 2011 | 11:30 am |

Tebucky Personifies A New Britain Rebirth

I witnessed the playing days of Tebucky Jones in the early 1990s from behind a keyboard. What’s needless to say is that he was a great high school running back. What bears repeating are his numbers – 4,537 yards rushing, 60 touchdowns and 2,133 rushing yards in his senior season, leading the Hurricanes to their first state championship since the CIAC began the more...

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New Britain Sports Has That Certain Something

By at September 9, 2011 | 11:00 am |

New Britain Sports Has That Certain Something

The intangible characteristic that depicts sports tradition in New Britain as time-honored beyond most is best described by a French saying that has found a niche in English because English scholars cannot find a better way to say it. Je ne sais quoi. A less elegant way of saying it is that when it comes to sports, New Britain has that “certain something.” more...

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